Today sees the launch of OCEAN2012, a new coalition of NGOs dedicated to transforming European fisheries policy. Its mission is to prevent over-fishing and enhance human well-being, and Seas At Risk is one of its founding members.

 

Today sees the launch of OCEAN2012, a new coalition of NGOs dedicated to transforming European fisheries policy. Its mission is to prevent over-fishing and enhance human well-being, and Seas At Risk is one of its founding members.

The consultation process for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has started on the 22nd of April, with the publication of the Commission’s Green Paper. The Green Paper states, and Commissioner Borg emphasised, that the next reform of the CFP must overhaul the current policy, which has failed to achieve economic, environmental or social sustainability. OCEAN2012 will respond to the challenge and present proposals for transforming the CFP into a policy that puts environment first and recognises that there can be no fishing without fish.

OCEAN2012 is committed to shaping a CFP that:

- Enshrines environmental sustainability as the over-arching principle, without which economic and social sustainability is unobtainable;
- Reduces the fleet based on environmental and social criteria;
- Makes public funding available to smooth the transition to more sustainable fisheries;
- Makes access to fisheries resources and public aid for fishing conditional on environmental and social factors;
- Gives the public access to fisheries data from Member States, such as catches, fleet figures and compliance;
- Commits decision-makers to following scientific advice.

OCEAN2012 was started by a steering group of 5 environmental and development NGOs: the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA), the Fisheries Secretariat (FISH), nef (new economics foundation), The Pew Environment Group and Seas At Risk (SAR). The goal is now to have as many organisations as possible join the coalition and work together for a fundamental reform of the CFP, for the benefit of people and the environment.